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Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

April 15, 2018 7:47 am

Saudi Moderation? Prince Mohammed Is on Shaky Ground

No doubt, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent reforms in Saudi Arabia have benefited women and created social opportunity with the introduction of modern forms of...

March 21, 2018 1:26 pm

The Middle East’s Nuclear Technology Clock Is Ticking

Concerns about a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race are being fueled by uncertainty over the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement; a seeming US willingness...

March 12, 2018 2:54 pm

Arab Countries Leverage Lucrative Nuclear Contracts for Power

A clause that commits South Korean troops to come to the UAE’s defense in the event of a crisis offers insight into the security concerns...

March 1, 2018 4:06 pm

China Steps Into the Middle East Maelstrom

Beijing’s abandonment of non-interference in foreign conflicts has been vividly illustrated by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan -- as...

January 17, 2018 1:49 pm

Iranian Protests Reveal Leadership Fault Lines in the Muslim World

The responses by major Sunni Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the recent anti-government protests in Iran demonstrated that none of...

January 11, 2018 1:10 pm

US-Saudi Nuclear Talks: A Middle East Barometer?

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was perhaps most challenging for the Saudis, who, as custodians of Islam’s two holiest cities,...

January 3, 2018 1:34 pm

Iranian Protests Raise Tricky Questions for US and Saudi Policymakers

If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s checkered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him to embark on yet...

January 2, 2018 9:56 am

Betting on the Wrong Horse? US — and Iranian Hardliners — Spin Anti-Government Protests

For Iranian hardliners, the joker in the pack is what US President Donald  Trump decides to do with the 2015 international agreement that put curbs...

December 5, 2017 6:04 pm

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gamble Might Pay Off

Broad international support for Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri following his speech from Riyadh in which he denounced Hezbollah as an Iranian proxy wreaking havoc...

November 15, 2017 5:18 pm

Should the West Use Covert Warfare Against Iran?

In the shadowy world of covert proxy wars, Iran is taking center stage -- both as a target and as a player. In the latest signal of escalating...

November 14, 2017 1:24 pm

As Saudi Arabia Reels, the Middle East Will Only Get Worse

As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating...

November 8, 2017 2:57 pm

Saudi Crackdown Raises Specter of Wider Dissent

Saudi Prince Muhammad has dismissed and/or detained 11 princes, various senior government officials, top military officers and an unidentified number of prominent businessmen largely linked to...

November 2, 2017 1:51 pm

Kurds Could Be Key US Ally in Anti-Iran Efforts

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, in his first comment on the military rout of his Peshmerga forces, vowed that the overwhelming vote for Kurdish independence in...

September 29, 2017 10:26 am

Signs of Hope in the Middle East? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife and debilitating regional rivalries: the...


Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Films Video Onstage During Israel Concert

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter filmed a video onstage during his band's live concert...

American Model Kate Upton Shares Photos From Her Trip to Israel

American model Kate Upton shared with her Twitter followers on Thursday photos from her recent trip to Israel. The 25-year-old uploaded three...


Brooklyn Man Hopes to Open a New Chapter of Jewish Dating

At many recent Passover seders, sometime after the four questions were asked, a fifth one was posed by a parent...

The Israeli Air Force Legend Who Influenced Generations - On Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, the family of Lt.-Col. Ohad Shadmi -- a legendary and highly influential...

Putting the Zionism Back Into Religious Zionism for Israel’s 70th - To celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, World Mizrachi -- a movement that prepares the next...


Israeli Chief Rabbi, European Jewish Leaders, Condemn Calls to Remove Kippa... - Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, along with several European rabbis, called on German Jews...


Top Hamas Official Warns: Gaza Border Protests Will Continue After May 15

A top Hamas official warned on Wednesday that the ongoing Gaza border demonstrations -- expected to reach their peak on May 15, known as "Nakba Day" by the Palestinians --...

Middle East

In Power for 15 Years, Iraq’s Shi’ites Split Ahead of Crucial V...

United in their fight against Saddam Hussein's oppression for decades, Iraq's Shi'ites have become deeply fragmented and disillusioned with their...